The Mau-Maus are a six-piece band based in London who have just been signed to Boobytrap Records. This EP is certainly interesting, as there is a lot going on and many different influences coming through. They have that style element that the Scissor Sisters have and apparently the same live appeal as well. It’s very hard to pin point what music style these guys have as the beats are clearly hip hop but the essence of these tracks are essentially pop. ‘Ataraxia’ is such an original track it almost sounds like something out of a cartoon. It has that happy, fun feel but the rhythm has an upbeat r’n’b sound. The lead singer Peter De Havilland has definite character in his
voice and when backed by his backing singers Larion Van Der Slolk and James in ‘Souvenir Of A Dream’ they almost create a modern Beach Boys sound. However in ‘Royal Ghetto’ De Havilland sounds something closer to Enrique Inglasias. It’s all very confusing but what’s clear is that The Mau-Maus have created something original and the quirkiness will appeal to those style gurus and many people who like pop and want to dance.